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It’s birthday 100 for Louise Cluett of Garnish


Louise Cluett of Garnish was surrounded by her friends and family as she celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday.

 

The Southern Gazette had a chance to speak with the centarian at her home on Wednesday about her life and her thoughts on reaching the milestone.

“For my age I am doing pretty good,” she said.

Cluett was born in 1916 at Pardy’s Point in Garnish, to parents Phillip and Annie Grandy.

She is the oldest of seven children. Brothers Wilfred and Tom, and sisters Winnie and Florrie are deceased. Sisters Gertie, aged 90, lives in Mount  having two brothers Wilfred and Tom who are both deceased and four sisters Winnie (deceased), Florrie (deceased).

Her other sisters are still living. Gertie, 90, lives in Mount Pearl and Greta, 92, lives in Garnish.

Mrs. Cluett married her husband, Herbert, of Garnish on December 21, 1937.

As the story goes Herbert was standing on the corner of the street near the church and told his buddies that the next girl who came around the corner would be the girl he married.

The couple had three girls — Jean Hollett, who lives in Grand Bank with her husband Don; Gertie Spencer of St. John’s and Florence Day, who is deceased.

She is the proud grandmother to seven grandsons and a granddaughter Susan. Her granddaughter shares the same birth day.

“I’ve got a granddaughter (who was) born on my birthday,” she explained.

She also has eight great-grandchildren.

 

 

The Southern Gazette had a chance to speak with the centarian at her home on Wednesday about her life and her thoughts on reaching the milestone.

“For my age I am doing pretty good,” she said.

Cluett was born in 1916 at Pardy’s Point in Garnish, to parents Phillip and Annie Grandy.

She is the oldest of seven children. Brothers Wilfred and Tom, and sisters Winnie and Florrie are deceased. Sisters Gertie, aged 90, lives in Mount  having two brothers Wilfred and Tom who are both deceased and four sisters Winnie (deceased), Florrie (deceased).

Her other sisters are still living. Gertie, 90, lives in Mount Pearl and Greta, 92, lives in Garnish.

Mrs. Cluett married her husband, Herbert, of Garnish on December 21, 1937.

As the story goes Herbert was standing on the corner of the street near the church and told his buddies that the next girl who came around the corner would be the girl he married.

The couple had three girls — Jean Hollett, who lives in Grand Bank with her husband Don; Gertie Spencer of St. John’s and Florence Day, who is deceased.

She is the proud grandmother to seven grandsons and a granddaughter Susan. Her granddaughter shares the same birth day.

“I’ve got a granddaughter (who was) born on my birthday,” she explained.

She also has eight great-grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Cluett and members of her family at her birthday celebration on Friday. Left to right are: grandson Brandon Day, daughter Gertie Spencer, grandchildren Colin Day, Scott Day, Robert Day and Joann Day.

Mrs. Cluett has lived on her own for the better part of 49 years. Her husband Herbert passed away in 1967, when she was 50 years old.

In her younger years Mrs. Cluett was an avid church goer, who loved singing with the choir. She was also a founding member of the Anglican Church Women (ACW), and was president of that organization for a number of years.

Mr.Cluett is described as her children as a great cook, who loved taking part in events in the community.

“She used to like being out in the dory,” explained daughter Gertie Spencer, recounting this colouful story: “She was in a dory race, when she got out so far and couldn’t go any further (because) the anchor was still tied on. She came back, untied the anchor and still won the race.”

She also had a love for travelling having visited Ontario, St. Pierre et Miqunlon- and Scotland.

“I’ve been to England three times,” she added.

“That’s all in the past now,” she said.

Her sense of humor was evident when someone in the room said Mrs. Cluett couldn’t believe that she lived to be 100.

“Yes I can,” she replied without hesitation.

These days she finds joy in having her family come and sit awhile for a conversation on a Sunday evening.

“She loves company,” explained her daughter.

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